A refund scheme for those who have been overcharged for their power of attorney fees has been launched today.
In an announcement made by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary when they applied to register for powers of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.
Plans to repay those who were overcharged were originally launched last July.
According to the MoJ, the process to register for Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Power of Attorney became more efficient during this period and as a result, operating costs for the Office of the Public Guardian came down.
However, the fee charged for the application did not reduce in line with this. The fee was subsequently lowered by the MoJ, a change which came into effect 1 April 2017.
Now, they have launched a refund scheme for those who paid the higher fee during the qualifying period.
Claims for full and partial refunds can be made by the donor or their attorney via an online service, with only one form needing to be completed for each.
For those who believe they are eligible, claims can be made here: www.claim-power-of-attorney-refund.service.gov.uk
7 February 2018
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